Dr Mavis (May) Ann Hermanus will become a member of the Nedbank Group sustainability and climate resilience committee and an independent non-executive director of the financial institution, with effect from 15 July 2024.

May, who holds a PhD in Engineering and the Built Environment, is a visiting adjunct-professor at the University of Witwatersrand. She is currently the chairperson of Tshiamiso Trust and serves as a director at the Institute for Social Dialogue.

Daniel Mminele, Nedbank Group’s chairperson, said, “May’s appointment strengthens the board’s skills and experience in the key areas of sustainability and ESG, and enhances the group’s race and gender diversity profile. May’s extensive experience and skills from the private and public sectors will enrich our business and support our purpose to use our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society.”

For the past three decades, May has worked on health and safety in mining, environmental protection, sustainability in Africa and has also participated in UN’s International Labour Organisation forums. She started as an NGO volunteer and became the head of the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) health and safety unit.

May has extensive experience in both local and international sustainability leadership. She has served as non-executive director at Aveng, director of the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry, executive director of CSIR‘s Natural Research Unit, chairperson of the Mine Health and Safety Council, the board of the Mining Qualifications Authority, deputy director-general of the Department of Minerals and Energy for Mine Safety and Health and chairperson of AngloGold‘s employee share option scheme.



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